R. Keerthana*, S. Visweswaran, S. Sivakumar, A. Maariappan and V. Banumathi MD(S)


Siddha system of Medicine is one of the most ancient medical system in the world. Siddha system is the science which takes human and nature as part of closed system. Many diseases are emerging as a trend of lifestyle modifications due to stress, sedentary lifestyle and food habits. One among them is obesity, according to the National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS-4) in Tamilnadu in the 15-49 years age group, 30.9% of women and 28.2% of men are obese. In siddha medicine, symptoms of Athithoolam is resembles as obesity. It is an abnormal accumulation of body fat, usually 20% or more over an individuals body weight. In siddha text many herbs or herbal formulation has been mentioned to treat the athithoolam (obesity). In this view the Mantharaiver Kudineer is also indicated for Athithoolam in the text Gunapadam Mooligai Vaguppu. The aim of the study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of “Mantharaiver Kudineer” on Athithoolam (obesity). This study was conducted at the OPD of Ayothidoss Pandithar Hospital, National Institute of Siddha, Tambaram Sanatorium, Chennai-47 on 10 patients with Athithoolam (obesity) who were satisfied the inclusion criteria. The dose of the Mantharaiver Kudineer was 60 ml twice a day, before food for 3 months. Body mass index(BMI) was monitored on subsequent following visit at 1st, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 35th, 42, 49th 56th days respectively followed by data analysis was carried out. There was significant reduction in Body Mass Index(BMI). Mantharaiver kudineer is effective in treating the Athithoolam(obesity). This is a single herbal drug with considerable therapeutic efficacy with out any other side effects.

Keywords: Athithoolam Obesity, Bauhinia purpurea, Mantharai, weight loss.

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